Bill Lee presents The Baseball Necrology - Live

My wife, LaVonne, and I spent a number of years researching the information that went into The Baseball Necrology, a book that was published by McFarland and Company, Publishers, in 2004. The intent of that research was to find what baseball players, whose playing careers are relatively short, did after their baseball careers. In most cases that information can only be found in obituaries. Consequently, our research became a “death” thing and was compounded when McFarland put the word “Necrology” into the title of the book. Thus, our research became a short abstract of obituaries (necrologies) for every player who had appeared in a major league game since 1876.

Since the book was published in 2004 baseball players have continued to die. From that time until the end of 2013 I continued to maintain current player’s deaths on this website that contains all the material in the book plus player’s deaths since the book was published. This website also contains photos of gravesite memorials for more than 2,000 players. An index to those player’s records that have gravesite photos may be found at

Sadly, the baseball necrology project came to a halt at the end of 2013 as more pressing projects, which had been put on the back burner, needed attention. So, with rare exception, short obituaries of every baseball player that ever appeared in a major league game since 1876 and had died prior to 2014 appears on this site. Just enter a player’s name, point, click and enjoy.

Bill Lee

Dock  Ellis

Born 11 Mar 1945 in Los Angeles CA
Died 19 Dec 2008 at the USC Medical Center in Los Angeles CA
Interred Inglewood Park Cemetery, Inglewood CA. Location - Manchester Garden Mausoleum, Sanctuary of Glory, Tier 6, Crypt 72. GPS Coordinates - N 33° 57.616' - W 118° 20.323'
Debut Date 18 Jun 1968. Pitcher 12 Years.

An admitted drug user, he infamously claimed he pitched a no-hitter for Pittsburgh under the influence of LSD and later in life fiercely spoke out against drug and alcohol addiction. In 1986 the Yankees hired him to offer guidance to their minor leaguers on drug and alcohol abuse. He worked for years in the California Department of Corrections, helping inmates transition from prison back to the community. He also ran a drug counseling center in Los Angeles. He kept up his campaign against addiction for the rest of his life, and frequently joined former teammates to support them on their charity work. Inducted into Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals in 1999. Died from cirrhosis of the liver and had been placed on a list to receive a liver transplant the following May.

Last Updated 29 Sep 2012.

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